FARMINGTON — Four people face multiple charges after police say a drug deal went bad and a woman was held hostage at gunpoint for several hours before she was set free on a roadside Wednesday.

Two men armed with shotguns took the woman hostage inside a New Vineyard Road residence after her male friend sold them $2,000 worth of fake drugs, according to police.

“(They) said they would release her only if the guy came back and gave them the $2,000,” according to the arrest affidavit by Detective Marc Bowering.

They held the woman at gunpoint for several hours before driving her to Hurst Lane and letting her free. She was unhurt and eventually flagged down a passerby and reported the kidnapping to police, Bowering said Friday. He would not identify the woman or give her age.

Police arrested two men and a woman on charges of kidnapping and criminal threatening with a firearm in connection with the incident. Arrested were Dahlon Campbell, 22, of Jay, Shane Webber, 25, of New Vineyard, and Sandi McAlpine, 41, of Jay.

Campbell and Webber also each face a charge of violation of conditional release, since they were out on bail on charges from a prior arrest, the affidavit states. Both men were being held on $10,000 cash bail each Friday night at Franklin County Detention Center in Farmington, with their next court dates set for Dec. 16, a jail official said. Court officials were unable Friday to provide details about their prior arrests.


McAlpine was released Thursday after posting $1,000 cash bail. Her next court date is set for Feb. 24.

Tyrell Gorham, 26, of Farmington, was also arrested and charged with criminal restraint and criminal threatening with a firearm, Bowering said. Gorham is being held at the detention center in Farmington on a probation hold and awaiting a court date in February.

Gorham has convictions that include one for an assault in Waterville in 2008 and receiving stolen property in Vassalboro in 2006.

The arrests came after police searched the house Thursday where the woman was held hostage, Bowering said. He declined to release details of any evidence the police found because the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed, he said.

Maine State Police and Franklin County sheriff’s deputies assisted with the investigation.

It was the second armed kidnapping in Farmington in just more than a month.


Three masked men held a couple at gunpoint inside their home Halloween night, eventually forcing the husband to drive two of the robbers to an ATM while his wife remained at gunpoint at the house, police said.

The couple, ages 65 and 63, opened the door, mistaking the men for trick-or-treaters. The men forced their way inside and robbed the home before forcing the husband to withdraw money from ATMs in town, police said.

The men charged in connection with that crime are awaiting their next court date on Dec. 16, Bowering said. They were being held in jail on cash bails that range from $30,000 to $50,000.

David Robinson — 861-9287

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